University of Pretoria striker 19-year-old Okolo Chinedu. FILE PHOTO: Reg Caldecott

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University of Pretoria-Tuks back on track to qualify for the Varsity Football semifinals

JOHANNESBURG, August 10 – The 19-year-old University of Pretoria’s Okolo Chinedu sealed the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s fate on Thursday night when he scored a headed goal for a 2-0 victory in a Varsity Football match at Tuks Stadium.

His goal inspired his teammates to play with greater confidence as the game progressed. Though Tuks won by two goals the score was not an accurate reflection of what happened.

With a bit of luck, they could have scored at least three more goals.

The important thing, however, was that UP-Tuks won and the victory means that the defending Varsity champions are back in the hunt for a semi-final play-off.

Before the game, Tlisane Motaung (UP-Tuks coach) emphasised the importance of scoring first. He had a good reason for doing so as UP-Tuks had never lost a Varsity game when they opened the scoring. Motaung was proved right.

Chinedu is undoubtedly one of the most exciting players in the Varsity Tournament because of the ease with which he is able to head the ball into the back of the net.

He is at the moment UP-Tuks’ top goalscorer and in the previous game against University of Johannesburg (UJ), he also scored with a header.

“We practise for hours and hours to get to do things right during games. Winning tonight was a real team effort,” said the lanky defender who received the man of the match award as well as the moment of brilliance award.

Chinedu did admit that there is nothing he loves more than to be able to score with a header.

“I am working towards making heading goals my trademark.”

Richard Moremi scored UP-Tuks’ second goal, proving again what a valuable player he is.

The 19-year old Giovanni Idi redeemed himself last night with some great saves at crucial times.

“It felt good to be able to make up for the mistakes I made during our first two games. I owed it to my teammates to keep the ball out of the net,” said Giovanni, who is part of the South African Under-20 squad.

If there were one player for whom last night’s win might have been that little bit more special, it would be Sabelo Tsambo who celebrated his 24th birthday on the field.

“It is nice that we were able to secure a victory on my birthday. I think everybody played well because we were highly motivated.

“From the first minute we aimed to create goal scoring opportunities, and we did so.”

– African News Agency (ANA)

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